My Kate used to say, “Mom can we have some gorilla for breakfast?”
Several people have asked for my granola recipe and I’m a little stumped as to how to give it. You see, I basically throw in what I have!
Let me walk you through how I do it:
(You do know this makes A LOT don’t you? You could probably divide it by four and still have enough!)
I start with two cups of oil. My preference would be half coconut oil and half butter, but since I’m out of coconut oil, I’m using olive, and it’s fine. Two cups of butter is really the bomb-diggity, but I have to ration that butter. So pour your oil/butter in a big, big pot. I use a stock pot. Add two cups of honey. If you don’t have honey, sucanat is good. If you don’t have that, you can use brown sugar and I won’t tell anyone. Two cups of water is next, and you can use any kind of water you want ;).
Get your water, oil, honey mixture warm and thin. Then comes the fun part.
I usually start with about 18 cups of oats. Since I am in the western half of the US, I am soooo blessed to be able to get the majority of my groceries from Azure. They are awesome. I can buy most all of my staples in bulk— organic, and cheaper than I can get at the grocery store. Plus they deliver to a town not too far away with a semi, and I don’t have to push a buggy through the grocery store. So where was I?
18 cups of oats. Add it right into your big pot. Mix to coat with the honey/oil mixture. Then add what you like, in what proportions you like. Aren’t you glad I don’t write cookbooks?
Here’s some of the goodies I add:
Unsweetened coconut (I use four cups. I buy it in bulk.)
whole wheat flour (a couple of cups)
millet (dry, a couple of cups. Gives it a little crunch)
salt (a tsp or two)
This requires a good bit of mixing to coat everything evenly. If you want to add dried fruit, do that after it bakes. This makes about seven or eight large cookie sheets worth, so it takes me awhile to get it all baked. I would bake it at no more than 350. I usually just like mine toasted, so I don’t bake it very long. Don’t you just love how specific I am!
What’s great is how much you can do with it. Milk or yogurt, fruit or chocolate chips, or my favorite: slice up a banana, sprinkle granola on top, and drizzle with peanut butter and honey. Or you could make granola bars. Or granola crusts for a pie…..